An important and sensitive condition to also treat when it comes to addiction or alcoholism is dual diagnosis. This is also referred to as co-occurring disorders (COD). It requires experts who specialize and are experienced in treating people with these issues. What is a dual diagnosis? It refers to people who suffer from another major disorder besides their dependence on drugs or alcohol, whether it is an eating disorder or bipolar disorder. Other co-occurring disorders include depression, anxiety and trauma. Whatever the COD is, there is evidence that patients have a much better chance at long-term recovery when both problems are treated at the same time.
More and more research has shown that addiction is not an isolated problem, and often stems from other emotional and psychological disorders. So for a person to recovery properly, one has to heal the entire person, not just one isolated part. This means that understanding the entirety of an individual’s addiction and COD is required to provide the most effective treatment program for them.
Treating clients with dual diagnosis is very important; because oftentimes clients have a complex set of problems and could suffer from very serious consequences if not treated in the correct way. They are more likely to become homeless, relapse or exhibit self-destructive behaviors without the proper care. While some people have treated their addiction and COD separately, treating them both at the same time, with an integrated program of care, is truly the most promising and effective way to help end the suffering once and for all. At Seasons in Malibu, that’s what we strive to do every day.